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Burglar takes plea deal in western Niagara crime spree

LOCKPORT – A man who was charged with four burglaries in two days in western Niagara County last year accepted a plea offer Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

Joseph J. Trusello, 26, of North Sixth Street, Lewiston, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted second-degree burglary and accepted a sentence of five years in prison and five years of post-release supervision. County Judge Sara Sheldon will make that official Nov. 6, along with restitution of no more than $5,000. Trusello’s five-year term will begin after he completes serving time for a parole violation on a bank robbery conviction.

Trusello and Joshua K. Allen, 31, of Sweeney Street, North Tonawanda, were indicted in connection with home break-ins Sept. 29 on Upper Mountain Road in Cambria and Sept. 30 on Brayley and Porter Center roads in Porter and on Lake Road in Wilson. Allen previously pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary and is awaiting sentencing.

Ronald C. Swanson, 21, of 22nd Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon for buying a .40-caliber Glock handgun stolen in one of the burglaries. He will serve three years for that after completing parole violation time for a 2012 burglary conviction.

Charges remain open against the alleged sellers of the stolen property, Christian L. Starr, 33, and Tammy A. Pawlukovitch, 21, both of Ridge Road, Lewiston.